Posted by    |    July 11th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Savages is an intense action thriller filled with drugs, sex, and violence.  Directed by Oliver Stone, known for other works such as Scarface, Natural Born Killers, and the Wall Street films, Savages is an entertaining thrill ride.  This film was given an R rating for strong brutal and grisly violence, some graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use and language (IMDB).  The main cast of Savages includes Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Benicio Del Toro, John Travolta, and Salma Hayek.

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Savages is the story of two young entrepreneurs involved in the growth and sale of marijuana in California.  Ben (Johnson) is a genius botanist with a gentle, charitable personality, while Chon (Kitsch) is the rough edged former Navy SEAL.  The duo also shares a romantic relationship with Ophelia (Lively), also known as “O”.  The movie kicks off with Chon and Ben’s immediate success and preceding troubles with the Mexican cartels.  When Chon and Ben refuse to make a deal with the cartel, Lado (Del Toro) and Elena (Hayek), part of a major cartel, kidnaps “O”, forcing Chon and Ben to take action to get her back.  Savages keeps you engaged throughout and continues to surprise.

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Savages is the best Oliver Stone film in a while.  This film has an old school vibe, reminding me of movies such as Scarface or Blow, but with a new aged look.  Taylor Kitsch depicts the typical “bad boy” character, as seen in his other flicks, while John Travolta portrays a decent role as a dirty DEA agent.  Aaron Johnson, playing the part of a successful young drug dealer, also pulls off his part quite well.  My only complaints with the film’s characters is of Blake Lively, playing a sexy, ditzy girl living in a dream world, who does not seem to have the emotion and fear necessary for the character, and Salma Hayek, who although is extremely entertaining, seems like a joke as the head of a Mexican cartel.  Benicio Del Toro, however, displays the best performance of any as a crazy, violent, drug thug.

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Savages tells an original story with many twists and an ending that may make you cringe.  At times you may feel like you can predict what will happen next, but the movie continues to amaze you.  The amount of drugs and violence is truly astonishing.  This film absolutely lives up to expectations.  In my opinion, it will not be considered one of Stone’s finest works but is definitely an enjoyable motion picture.  I rate this movie a 3 out of 5 stars and recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys action packed crime thrillers filled with lots of sex, drugs, and bloodshed.  Movie Goers beware; this film is not for the faint of heart.

By: Hayden Pittman, Film Critic for YouPlusDallas

Did you enjoy the review?  Have you seen the film Savages?  Is this something you would like to see?  Please leave your comments below.  Thanks for reading!

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  1. Bill Fearer says:

    Good review. I saw the movie after reading the review and you were right on. I’m looking forward to your next recommendation.

  2. Jim Melton says:

    Saw Savages today. I’m a big Oliver Stone fan. I agree it is a good solid film and better than his latest, but not his best. You seem to be very generous with your reviews. Guessing you love movies. That’s cool, me too but I have to be a little more selective. That’s what I want in a review. Tell me it’s worth my dollar. Also continue giving me details. It helps in my decision to see a movie.

  3. William Peters says:

    Welcome back Oliver Stone. Where have you been? It’s been a long stretch! It’s about time you gave us your best. Actually I loved John Travolta in his role as a corrupt drug agent. I must note that Savages was quite disturbing. My wife hated it.

  4. Mary Ann Fearer says:

    Thanks for the great review Hayden! I’m definitely the “faint of heart” type, so thanks for the heads up on this film…Sounds like a typical Oliver Stone piece~keep giving us this great info!

  5. Hayden Pittman says:

    Thanks for your comments. I definitely am a movie lover and very generous with my reviews. Honestly, I don’t ever see myself giving a film a rating below a 1-2 unless it is just awful. I am not the sort of person to ever walk out of a movie either. I will admit when a movie isn’t as great, but I am very easily entertained and enjoyed “Savages” very much. A lot of my excitement comes from the hype of seeing actors I am familiar with, a story or director I am fond of, or a really good trailer. I also like to be detailed, but I have learned it is better to keep this reviews short. I will not be one of those cynical reviewers who think all film is terrible and look for every detail they can criticize. Find a movie that looks good and enjoy it; don’t think too much into it!